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J.J. Abrams: We Should've Revealed Star Trek Villain Sooner


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J.J. Abrams has admitted he made a mistake not revealing the identity of his 'Star Trek Into Darkness' villain sooner.

The director insists it would've been a better move to tell fans straight away that Benedict Cumberbatch's character, who went by the name of John Harrison in the lead up to the movie's release and in the first hour of the film, was in fact the main villain, Kahn.

He said: ''The truth is, I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront, 'This is who it is.'

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Benedict Cumberbatch Won't Be Affected By Fame


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Benedict Cumberbatch believes he will be able to stay ''grounded'' as his fame increases.

The 36-year-old actor has landed the biggest role of his career yet in the form of villain John Harrison in sci-fi sequel 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and he is set to become recognisable across the world.

Benedict - who became a household name in the UK through his titular role in 'Sherlock', a modern day re-imagining of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes - is aware of his increasing celebrity status but is confident he can follow the examples set by some of his thespian friends and stay normal.

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J. J. Abrams: Star Trek 'has To Be Sexy'


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J.J. Abrams says 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' ''has to be sexy''.

The renown director is eagerly anticipating the release of his sequel to the 2009 reboot and has admitted he enjoyed being able to explore the sexual chemistry between characters, breaking the boundaries which the original TV show never could at the time.

Speaking in an interview with Playboy magazine, Abrams said: '' 'Star Trek' has to be sexy. That's in keeping with the original spirit of the series. In the 1960s they were limited because of the time, but so much was insinuated.

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J. J. Abrams: Fans Didn't Understand Star Trek Into Darkness Title


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J. J. Abrams admits fans initially didn't understand the 'Star Trek Into Darkness' title.

The director of the greatly anticipated sci-fi film - starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch among others - remembers how confused 'trekkies' were when they first heard the name of the movie, dubbing it ''stupid''.

He recalled: ''[The title is] odd. ''But my favourite thing about it was the first week it was out there, the fans were going, 'Star Trek Into What? I don't understand it. It's stupid'.''

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Dinosaur Review


Weak
Leave it to Disney to finally come up with a family-friendly way to explore natural selection. Much like The Lion King's "Circle of Life," Dinosaur regales itself in survival of the fittest, only few people are going to be humming "Hakuna Matata" after this one.

For starters, Dinosaur is that rarest of Disney animation flicks which is not a musical. There's a thumping James Newton Howard score, but the only singing here comes from trumpeting iguanodons and brachiosaurs. The story, on the other hand, is typical Disney kiddie fare: Iguanodon Aladar (D.B. Sweeney) is orphaned as a wee dino-egg on a remote island, where he is raised, Tarzan-style, by a family of lemurs (er... okay). When a freak meteor strike blows the island away, along with much of the rest of the world, Aladar swims to the mainland with his lemur family on his back, where he meets up with the surviving herbivorous dinosaurs who have banded together to trek to "the nesting grounds," a Waterworld-style vale which hasn't been reduced to desert and ruins like, apparently, the rest of the earth. (And never mind the fallout; there is none...)

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Moore's Horror Movie Driving Terrors


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Actress Julianne Moore was terrified when she learned her character had to drive in her first movie role, because she'd never sat behind the wheel of a car.

The red-headed star was killed and turned into a mummy in TALES OF THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE in 1990 but the script for the low-budget John Harrison film left her reeling when she realised her role required her to drive.

She recalls, "The thing that was most alarming about it was that I was going to have to drive and I didn't know how to drive because I had gone to high school in Germany, I'd gone to college in Boston, I'd moved to New York City and in none of those places did I ever need a licence and I was supposed to be this girl who is eventually killed and turned into a mummy but I had to drive my fancy car.

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Dinosaur Review


Weak
Leave it to Disney to finally come up with a family-friendly way to explore natural selection. Much like The Lion King's "Circle of Life," Dinosaur regales itself in survival of the fittest, only few people are going to be humming "Hakuna Matata" after this one.

For starters, Dinosaur is that rarest of Disney animation flicks which is not a musical. There's a thumping James Newton Howard score, but the only singing here comes from trumpeting iguanodons and brachiosaurs. The story, on the other hand, is typical Disney kiddie fare: Iguanodon Aladar (D.B. Sweeney) is orphaned as a wee dino-egg on a remote island, where he is raised, Tarzan-style, by a family of lemurs (er... okay). When a freak meteor strike blows the island away, along with much of the rest of the world, Aladar swims to the mainland with his lemur family on his back, where he meets up with the surviving herbivorous dinosaurs who have banded together to trek to "the nesting grounds," a Waterworld-style vale which hasn't been reduced to desert and ruins like, apparently, the rest of the earth. (And never mind the fallout; there is none...)

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Frank Herbert's Dune (2000) Review


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It seems that David Lynch's adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic science fiction novel Dune (1984) wasn't enough to convince people that this classic works far better on the page. At least that box office fiasco packs in some interesting Lynchian perversions. Besides, how can you go wrong with a cast that includes Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, and Alicia Witt as a bald, pint-sized, knife-wielding child? Let me tell you something, buddy -- you can't top that! Maybe it ain't Herbert's vision of Dune, but it's fun at parties.

So someone in the Sci-Fi Channel marketing department thought that they'd be able to create the definitive version of the novel, making much ballyhoo over it in the press. "This is the way Frank Herbert intended it!" Yes, yes, I'm sure he was precisely thinking of static, made-for-television sets lifted from Star Trek: The Next Generation, bathed in nauseating greens, oranges, and fire engine reds.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Review


Weak
For some reason it's incredibly maligned, but this remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is really no better or worse than the 2003 remake, but it's hard not to dig Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey in early-career roles here. How can you not love watching Z as she climbs a roof and clings to a TV aerial to escape from a saw-wielding maniac? Or zapped with a cattle prod? And McConaughey as one of the bad guys -- playing perhaps his looniest character ever -- is a real riot. Plenty of gore (and it's passably realistic),gratiuity, and murderous babes give The Next Generation enough horror street cred to just make it passable -- and much better than its reputation.

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